Our newest addition! Dominik Szoboszlai has officially been an RB Leipzig player since the 1st January and has already completed his first sessions with the team.
The new signing spoke to the media in a press conference following the transfer.
Dominik Szoboszlai on...
... Adductor issues:
- "I played the last few games in Salzburg with adductor pain. I’ll work to overcome this injury now and build myself back up so that I can hopefully be at 100% again and return to training in February – rather than at just 90%."
I work hard every day to try and help the team with goals and assists.
... Hungarian pronunciation:
- "I know that my name isn’t exactly easy to pronounce. In Salzburg it took people two years to get the hang of it. A little tip would be to pronounce ‘Szboboszlai’ without the -SH- noise, and that’s it.."
... his transfer to RB Leipzig:
- "I was lucky, in the sense that many teams were interested in me and therefore I had the chance to choose my next club. I made my decision with the future in mine – and RB Leipzig was the best option.
I also had really good discussions with head coach Julian Nagelsmann and sporting director Markus Krösche; they both fully convinced me.
I spent four years at Salzburg, and Leipzig has a similar playing style. Therefore, I’m hoping that it won’t take long to settle in here. I want to integrate myself into the team as quickly as possible and also play games."
... his ambitions:
- "I will give my all to get into the starting XI as soon as possible. We are strong in a lot of position, but I’m a versatile player. I can play any central midfield roles or in attack – everything works for me.
Of course, I know that I’ll need time and that it won’t just happen instantly – you can see that for many players at many different clubs.
However, I’m focusing on myself and will look at what’s best for me. I’m a good learner, and I’ve already picked up quite a bit in the past few days.
Everything is possible at RB Leipzig. The goal is to finish in a Champions League spot – if we do better than that, of course we won’t say no."
... his strengths on the pitch:
- "I’m not a bad shooter of the ball. I work hard every day to try and help the team with goals and assists."
... Péter Gulácsi and Willi Orban:
- "Of course, I'm really pleased to have two of my Hungary national teammates here."
... comparisons to Ferenc Puskás:
- "It's an honour for me. As a child, Ferenc Puskás was my idol. However, I don't want to be "the next Puskás", rather Dominik Szoboszlai and be a role model for Hungarian children myself."
... his journey to professional football:
- "My father, along with three other dads, formed a club for us four boys. To begin with, there was only the four of us training, but after more and more children started joining. I played there until I was 14, and then ended up at Salzburg!"